Family Life Services was instituted in Arkansas City, Kansas, by a local church in 1984. A small group of people from Hillcrest Baptist Church wanted to do something to offer alternatives to abortion and to help pregnant women in other practical ways. This agency quickly became incorporated and earned its Kansas license to administer adoptions. Two other agencies grew out of Family Life Service that are still serving the public today: Family Life Services of Emporia, Kansas and The Pregnancy Crisis Center in Wichita, Kansas. Thousands of people have been served by these agencies over the years.
Tim Durham joined the agency as its Executive Director in 1991 and expanded the agency into a new facility which increased its floor space five times. The new facility located on the main street of town was completely remodeled and was more accessible to the public. In addition, expansion of services became possible with the added area to work in.
Tim Durham developed the agency as a community resource center which served hundreds of families and individuals with guidance for various situations.
In 2000, this agency received a grant from the Kansas Department and Environment to promote healthy pregnancies. The local program, called Healthy Beginnings, has served about 1,000 pregnant women by teaching them medical facts concerning pregnancy and by providing education, and supplies.